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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is cervical cancer deadly?

Is cervical cancer deadly?

Can be if untreated: Early intervention is always best.

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My mom just told me that she has stage 3 cervical cancer. I'm worried if this is life threatening?

My mom just told me that she has stage 3 cervical cancer. I'm worried if this is life threatening?

Yes: Stage 3 means that the cancer has spread to the lower vagina (3a) or the side of the pelvis (3b). This can certainly be life threatening. The usual treatment is radiation and chemotherapy at the same time with relatively good success. Her doctor may or may not do lymph node staging before radiation to evaluate how far up to give the radiation. She does need treatment right away. ...Read more

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What is cervical cancer?

What is cervical cancer?

Cancer of the cervix: Cervical equals cervix here.

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What causes cervical cancer?

Infection with HPV: Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the dna virus called human papillomavirus (hpv). This virus is most commonly spread by sexual contact, and certain viral strains can incorporate into human dna and cause human cells to proliferate outside of normal cell growth control causing dysplasia (precancer) and then possibly cancer. The pap test is a screening test to detect this. ...Read more

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How lethal is cervical cancer?

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How lethal is cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Review literature: in the US over 12, 000 new invasive cervical cancers and about 4000 cancer related death happened each year. With HPV vaccination this number expected to decrease more. In developing countries, especially in Africa the prevalence of invasive cervical and the death rate is much higher. In Africa it is still number one cause of cancer related death for women. ...Read more

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How prevalent is cervical cancer?

How prevalent is cervical cancer?

~13, 000 cases/yr: In the United States in 2011 about 12, 710 new cases of invasive cervical cancer and 4290 cancer-related deaths are expected. ...Read more

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What are signs of cervical cancer?

What are signs of cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer can present with symptoms such as a vaginal discharge that is watery ; bloody with a bad smell. Bleeding can occur after sex, in a post menopausal woman or at times other than your period. There may be pain during sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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I would like info on cervical cancer.?

I would like info on cervical cancer.?

Treatment or screen?: Cervical cancer can be screened for or prevented by using Pap smears and HPV testing. There is also a vaccine. If you have been diagnosed with it, the treatment depends on how large it is or if it has spread. This may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. An opinion with a gynecologic oncologist is best. If it is cervical PRE-cancer, then treatments may be more limited and less invasive. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cervical cancer?

What are the causes of cervical cancer?

There are multiple: Risk factors for cervical cancer include: early onset of sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, a high-risk sexual partner, history of sexaully transmitted infection, history of vulvar or vaginal squamous intraepithelial neoplasia, immunosuppression.
In terms of causes the main one is the human papillomavirus (hpv). Subtypes 16 and 18 are the most common subtypes. ...Read more

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What happens if you have cervical cancer?

What happens if you have cervical cancer?

?: What do you mean? Do you mean symptoms or how to treat it? Please be a bit more specific. If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding or discomfort, please see your GYN. Also, you should be engaged in proper screening for cervical cancer. This cancer is potentially preventable with the vaccine and safe sex and should be curable the vast majority of times if proper screening is followed. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the cervical cancer?

What are the causes of the cervical cancer?

Some HPV infections: Cervical cancer is generally associated with certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus) infections. This virus most commonly causes genital warts. However there are certain strains such as HPV-16 and HPV-18 that can cause changes in the cells of the cervix which can lead to cancer. HPV is very common but thankfully most infections do not lead to cancer. It's spread by sexual contact. ...Read more

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What is the likeliness of having cervical cancer?

Fairly rare in US: Cervical cancer used to be common and deadly in the us and still is in parts of the developing world. Over the past 40 years, it has decreased tremendously in the us due to pap tests and better treatment. Today there are only about 12, 500 cases per year of actual cancer in the us. If you or a loved one is having bothersome symptoms, a visit with a gynecologist is needed to be sure. ...Read more

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Are there any noticible symptims for cervical cancer?

Yes: Early stages of cervical cancer will more than likely have not symptoms. The earlies symptoms may be post coital (after sex) bleeding. There may be a discharge and it could be foul. Frank bleeding may occur with frank cervical cancer. One may have some utering cramping and a feeling of pelvic fullness with more advance cancer. Don't let it get that far, get yearly pap smears and gyn exams. ...Read more

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What are the chances of dieing from cervical cancer?

What are the chances of dieing from cervical cancer?

Depends on stage: Like any other cancer, cervical cancer survival is closely linked to early detection and treatment. The more extensive the spread of the cancer the more likely it is to kill you. ...Read more

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How to treat cervical cancer?

How to treat cervical cancer?

Uterine cervix: I'm assuming you mean cancer of the uterine cervix. Premalignant and early lesions may be cured by simple excision, it is often possible to preserve the uterus. More advanced lesions need more aggressive treatments, and even incurable cancer may respond to radiation or chemotherapy or a palliative procedure to keep the kidneys working. ...Read more

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How can I prevent cervical cancer?

How can I prevent cervical cancer?

Vaccination and PAP: If you are under the age of 25 you should get vaccinated for hpv. Limit the number or sexual partners and get regular pap examinations, do not smoke and drink only in moderation. ...Read more

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Can cervical cancer run in families?

Can cervical cancer run in families?

Good question!?: Almost all cases of cervical cancer are felt to be related to certain strains of HPV infection through prior sexual contact. It often takes many years for cancer to develop after exposure, and the vast majority of HPV infections do not turn into cancer. It's possible that family history & genetics may play some role in how likely one is to develop this cancer, though it's not yet well understood. ...Read more

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What tests check for cervical cancer?

A PAP smear: Is the classical screening test for cervical cancer. In this test a brushing of cells from the cervix is stained and examined under the microscope. It may pick up abnormalities before they become fully cancerous.
A molecular test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) may also be done on cells collected with a PAP smear. It is a very sensitive way to detect the virus that causes the cancer. ...Read more

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Cervical Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled proliferation of cells of the cervical tissue (mucosal lining cells or stroma) due to certain mutations. High risk HPV viruses ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more